$14.9M North Carolina Wrongful Death Judgment Awarded to Jimmy Blevins’ Family

March 14, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

Four years after Jimmy Blevins was murdered by his uncle Fred Hammer, a judge has awarded his family a $14.9 million North Carolina wrongful death judgment–$3.74 million is compensatory damages; $11.2 million is punitive damages.

Blevins, 41, went missing on February 24, 2007. His grandmother said that he went for a ride with Hammer on the night of his disappearance. Blevins’ body was dug up more than two years later on August 4, 2009 after Hammer, who was offered $15,000 in reward money, admitted to shooting his nephew in the head.

Blevins’ family filed their North Carolina wrongful death complaint soon after his body was discovered. They sought compensatory damages of over $10,000 for his death and for the mental, physical, and emotional suffering he went through prior to his passing.

Hammer is serving several life sentences without parole for the 2008 shooting deaths of three men in Virginia and for Blevins’ murder.

North Carolina Wrongful Death
Obtaining Charlotte, North Carolina wrongful death recovery won’t bring your loved one back but it can allow you to hold the responsible party liable. Under the state’s wrongful death statute, family members may be able to recover compensation for the victim’s medical bills, pain and suffering, funeral costs, lost income, loss of services, care, protection, assistance, companionship, society, guidance, comfort, or advice, nominal damages, or punitive damages.

Slain man’s family awarded $14.9 million, NewsObserver, March 13, 2011

North Carolina Wrongful Death Filed in Murder of Ashe County Man, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, August 20, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Wrongful Death, Nolo

Wrongful Death, Justia

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Deceased Man’s Estate Files Fayetteville, North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Shopping Mall and Nightclub, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, December 30, 2009


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